about fathom level wind model

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  1. xiaomomoyu

    xiaomomoyu Newbie

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    It seems that most people here like the non-levelwind model, but usually I fish in the shallow waters to get the fishes no more than 20lbs, so I think the levelwind fathom fth15lw is strong enough for me, am I right?
    And is there anybody who can give me some information about the material of fathom's levelwind? Especially the black parts of levelwind. I knew the body and sideplates are all metal, are all parts of levelwind made of metal too? Thank you!
     
  2. tunanorth

    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    The line guide/pawl is partially plastic, and most importantly, the Idler Gear is plastic, just like in all level-wind reels made by all manufacturers. the Idler Gear drives the level-wind mechanism, and functions something like a circuit breaker, and protects the main gears in case something jams up the level wind.
    For light and medium duty fishing, level winds are a nice convenience, but for tuna, billfish, etc, can be a liability, which is why reels made for true heavy-duty fishing do not have level wind mechanisms.
     
  3. mike1010

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    The plastic idler gear will also keep your fingers from begin crushed should they get in the way of the levelwind, which happens easily if you are not used to a levelwind.
     
  4. get some

    get some So Cal Editor BD Writer

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    I use the Penn Squall level wind 15 for rockfish and it works great. I've also caught bigger fish with it and have had no problem with it holding up.

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    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    Nice pic Erick, thanks for the info, I was thinking the get a realiable levelwind reel for my wife, I already have the 320gti for her but want something newer and light, I was thinking on the fathom 25lw but that reel wont see much action per year and also not with big fishes, so I was thinking on getting the squall 20lw which is lighter, cheaper and still reliable for fish on the 20# mark, still not convince on one or the other, tho. money is an issue but I like the material of fathom, I have the FTH40 star drag and love it.
     

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